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Kerry & missile defense: Failing America

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Secretary of State John Kerry must be exhausted. After all, dumbing down your nation's missile defenses in furthering your president's foreign policy of deferentialism is tiring work.

Over the past couple of weeks, Mr. Kerry has been laying the groundwork for side deals that will make the United States less safe while emboldening our enemies. Aside from that obvious outrage, he's also kept Congress in the dark.

Just last week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov revealed that Kerry had made “suggestions” for missile defense talks. Which raised the ire of Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee's subcommittee for strategic forces.

“I suggest he consult with Congress about deals it won't possibly support prior to offering concessions with countries that are not friends of ours,” Mr. Rogers said.

The Russian mess comes fast on the heel of a bow to the Chinese. Two weeks ago, Kerry signaled that the Obama administration is ready to bargain away upgraded missile defenses in Alaska and California. That, in return for placating the nut jobs in Pyongyang.

And that in a climate in which the Chinese, in the midst of a major nuke ramp-up, have abandoned their “no-first-use” pledge (according to The Washington Free Beacon).

Reminds the Marshall Institute, “Adequate defenses are a moral imperative for a government charged with protecting the lives of its citizens.” It's an imperative that John Kerry now treats as a bargaining chip.

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